Based on my experience, the elderly in Korean tend to be friendly with babies and toddlers. When my son was younger, there wasn’t a day when we’d go out that senior citizens would say “hi” and try to talk with my son. A number of times, they would also give him 1,000 won bill or candies. Grandmothers would sometimes touch his hand or pat his head. Grandfathers in the subway would also talk to him. I never thought of those gestures negatively. I thought they were naturally fond of babies/toddlers. I also never tried to stop elderly strangers from talking to my son. Now that my son is five years old, he is very confident talking to adults.
Anyway, two subway scandals are being talked about by netizens. First is this video of an “overprotective” mom. Apparently, a grandmother touched her child while they were in the subway. She asked the grandmother to stop. Suddenly, she got so angry and hit the grandmother on the head with a PET bottle. Her child said “Let’s go mom” but she still shouted angrily.